In seizure disorders, there is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain resulting in some degree of temporary brain dysfunction. It may cause changes in your movements, behaviour, feelings, and levels of consciousness. In case you have two or more seizures or a tendency to have recurrent seizures, you have epilepsy.
Seizures are more common than you might think, and they can happen after a closed head injury, a stroke, an infection such as meningitis or another illness. Most of the time, though, the reason behind the seizure is unknown.
With medication, most seizure disorders can be controlled, but the management of seizures can still have a significant impact on your daily life. The best part of the illness is that you can work with your doctor to balance seizure control and medication side effects.
Causes of Seizure Disorder
Neurons (Nerve cells) in the brain create, send and receive electrical impulses, and they allow the brain’s neurons to communicate. Any obstacles that disrupt these communication pathways may lead to a seizure disorder. Genetic mutations can be the cause of some types of seizure disorders.
Epilepsy is the most common cause of seizures. However, not every person who has a seizure has epilepsy. Sometimes seizures may be caused or triggered by:
- High fever, associated with an infection such as meningitis
- Lack of sleep
- Flashing lights, images, and moving patterns or other visual stimulants
- Low blood sodium (hyponatremia), that happens with diuretic therapy
- Head trauma, causes an area of bleeding in the brain
- Abnormalities of the blood vessels in the brain area
- Brain tumor
- Use of recreational/banned drugs, such as amphetamines or cocaine
- Excess alcohol intake, during times of withdrawal or extreme intoxication
- COVID-19 virus infection
- Autoimmune disorders- include systemic lupus erythematosus and multiple sclerosis
- Medications – like certain pain relievers, antidepressants or smoking cessation therapies, that lower the threshold of seizure
If case you are having a mental health issue, make an appointment to see your mental health professional at the earliest. If you’re hesitant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or dear one, or someone else you trust.
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